Do you need permit to clear creek after flooding, storms in California?
Q: The recent storms caused a levee near a creek in my community to break, which caused flooding. My neighbors and I didn’t know if we needed permission from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to clear the creek. What are the rules for homeowners taking action and clearing debris from streambeds and creeks?
A: We appreciate you checking in on this. According to the California Fish and Game Code, emergency work in streams doesn't require advance notification to the CDFW.
But you do need to let the CDFW know.
An emergency is defined as a sudden unexpected occurrence involving a clear and imminent danger, demanding immediate action to prevent or mitigate loss of, or damage to, life, health, property or essential public services.
Please note that:
- Emergency actions can occur in advance of the actual damaging event.
- Emergency actions may also include necessary subsequent actions, like debris removal, that followed an immediate emergency, like flooding.
- Entities must notify CDFW in writing within 14 days after beginning emergency work.
The CDFW is available to assist with questions. Contact your region's manager by finding your region at wildlife.ca.gov/Regions.
For non-emergency projects, CDFW notification may be required. Notification would be followed by issuance of a lake or streambed alteration agreement for the project.
Again, the CDFW recommends contacting the regional office associated with the location of your project if you have any questions about the permitting process.
Q: Can I use a 10-gauge shotgun to hunt turkey?
A: Yes. The California Code of Regulations authorizes use of a shotgun, 10-gauge or smaller; using shot shells only and incapable of holding more than three shells in the magazine and chamber combined. If a plug is used to reduce the capacity of a magazine per the requirements, the plug must be a one-piece construction and incapable of removal without disassembling the gun.
While it’s legal to hunt turkey with a 10-gauge shotgun, we’d like to share some additional perspective. Keep in mind that one of the most enjoyable elements of turkey hunting is coaxing the bird into your decoys, or concealed position, to get a close shot. With experience, practice and patience, you’ll be able to get birds in close enough to take them with a firearm as simple as a .410.
California's general spring turkey season ends statewide on April 30. Archery season follows from May 1-14 and runs concurrently with the junior hunt period. Shooting hours for spring turkeys are one half-hour before sunrise to 5 p.m. A valid hunting license and upland game bird validation are required to hunt wild turkeys. Hunting licenses can be purchased on CDFW’s Online License Sales and Services web page at ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales.
EmailCalOutdoors@wildlife.ca.gov with questions for the CDFW.